Sun room redo...

For the love of stenciling....

Since buying a house in February 2011 I have learned many new DIY tricks and experimenting with new things is one of my favorite things to do.  Most recently, I decided to try an all over wall stencil in my sun-room.  Here is the before...

This is actually what the room looked like when we bought the house, so the previous resident had actually taken all of the items.  It was first carpeted and we had the floor tiled when we did some work in the bathroom across the hall.

This project was inspired by a beautiful wall covering that I found from the  Thibaut Geometric collections. 

After I figured out how much the wall covering would cost (approximately $400), I started looking into less expensive options.  My mother-in-law (who also happens to be an interior decorator) told me to look into wall stencils.  After researching a few places online, I decided to go with an all over wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils since they had one that looked very similar to the lattice design that I liked. I also had to decide on a color that looked similar to my original inspiration. After debating for a long time, I decided I just needed to pick.  After trying my first sample pick, I decided on Sherwin Williams "Aviary Blue".


First, I had to prime the walls, and I chose to use a plain latex Kilz.  

Next, I painted the entire room bright white with a latex paint. And, finally, after two coats of boring white, I got to start stenciling!!!! 

Unfortunately, I decided to start at the bottom (just because it was easier), but after the project  I learned that it would have been a much better idea to start at the top.  The stencil company sends a straight edge stencil that is smaller and easier to navigate the ceiling line.  Since I started at the bottom the repeat did not end at the correct part of the design to be able to use the small stencil. 

After one (or a few) mess ups I quickly learned how to line up the stencil quickly and easily.  I simply followed the directions provided by Cutting Edge Stencil which can be found here.

Lastly, I decided to just do the one "plain" wall in the room and finished it by painting the rest of the room blue.  And, here is the finished job.  

I would love to know what you think!!  



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  2. I am SO IMPRESSED!! This turned out beautifully! :) Love the color you chose!

  3. Oh wow! Turned out great.

    Sammy ~ Renew Redo!

  4. HI, Sarah, your stencil wall looks great! Thanks for stopping by and sharing it with me. Love it!

  5. I think it looks incredible! Such a game changer, doesn't even look like the same space! It looks like high end wallpaper!

    Thank you so much for sharing!